Physical server 2008 R2 backup restore to ESX VM.

I have a HP Proliant DL380 G6 running server 2008 R2. I have run windows backups to a USB drive and I want to restore it to ESXi host as a VM. I create the VM with the same drive layout and restore is successful, but BSOD stop error 0x0000007b. Does anyone have any success trying this? I think it's a controller problem, but can't seem to get it to work. Any ideas?
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
You'll be fighting the restore quite a bit due to driver issues

You can stand up a new vm and restore data or use imaging software such as backup exec system recovery or acronis true image. Both software apps will image a server and restore to either dissimar physical hardware or into a virtual easily because the wipe the Hal. Using VMWAre converter you can import the image into esxi easily ad well
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Danny McDanielClinical Systems AnalystCommented:
did you use VMware converter at all in this process?  It can import from a few different backup types and if the controller needs to be changed, then it will make the changes to the registry and inject the drivers.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you want to succeed with the procedure you have followed, backup and restore to the VM.

You will have to inject the LSI Drivers manually into Windows 2008 installation, which involves changes to the registry and copying the LSI drivers to the installation via a BartPE/WinPE CDROM.

VMware Converter which has been suggested is easier.
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LAN-ServicesAuthor Commented:
Yes, I have successfully P2V with VMware converter and Vizioncore vConverter, but for DR I want to be able to take this USB drive with the backups offsite to recover. This server is a beast, takes about 15hrs for a P2V and 3hrs for windows backup, so I would like to figure this out using the windows backup. Any instructions available on how to go about injecting the LSI drivers, changing the registry and copying the LSI drivers to the installation?
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
Try symantec backup exec system recovery or acronis to image, it's much faster than P2V and you can use vconverter to convert back to a VM at the DR site.

Have you thought about replication such as vizioncore's vreplicator?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You need first to extract the Windows 2008 Storage drivers from VMware Tools, look at the INF files, and merge the registry settings for the drivers into the existing server copy, by loading the registry hive from a Boot CDROM, and make sure you also copy the drivers to the VM correct system directories, if you look through the INF files, you'll see where the drivers should be located.

You can get some idea of what you need to do by looking at Ultimate P2V, which was the technology we used to complete P2Vs before VMware Converter was available to the masses.

http://www.rtfm-ed.co.uk/category/ultimate-p2v/
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LAN-ServicesAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the info
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